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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for an Illustration Intern, an Ad Operations Specialist, and More.

Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for an Illustration Intern, an Ad Operations Specialist, and More.

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April 3 2018 10:55 AM

Work at Slate


Work For Slate!

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If you love Slate and are incredibly talented, maybe you should work for us. Slate just so happens to be hiring.

Open Positions
Ad Operations Specialist

Slate is looking for a talented and dynamic ad operations specialist to join our team in New York. The ad ops specialist will report to the director of ad ops and will be responsible for all post-sale campaign trafficking and reporting. The ad ops Specialist will collaborate across all of Slate's business units to effectively manage all of direct-sold display and podcast campaigns. The candidate will provide strategic analysis of campaign performance to ensure we are meeting our client's goals and KPIs. This person is comfortable working with internal teams and can thrive in a fast-paced environment. We are looking for someone who can easily assimilate to Slate's culture. Applicants of all experience level are encouraged to apply. This role is based out Slate's Brooklyn offices.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with all of our business units to ensure the success of our campaigns by translating client KPIs into deliverables
  • Manage the entry of all insertion orders in our order management platforms (Doubleclick for Publishers)
  • Manage the ad trafficking of all creative assets in a timely manner, ensuring accuracy of targeting and third-party tags
  • Ensure that both the client and Slate's ad specifications are met during creative QA process prior to launch
  • Identify and communicate campaign performance issues and discrepancies through reporting, and develop and implement an optimization strategy as needed
  • Resolve any tracking and reporting discrepancies with finance and/or partners/vendors
  • Develop post-campaign analysis that includes highlights and recommendations for client wrap-up decks
  • Troubleshoot ad-related site issues as well as ad issues
  • Collaborate in the testing and implementation of new ad products, technologies and tools utilized by ad operations
  • Drive continuous improvements for streamlining processes around training, day-to-day process and workflow, and new initiatives


  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and aptitude for learning new processes and technologies
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced environment and be self-sufficient
  • Bachelor's degree or relevant work experience
  • Proficiency in Excel a plus
  • Prior knowledge of debugging tools such as Fiddler or Charles a plus
  • Familiarity with digital advertising and podcasting a plus
  • Prior experience with DFP, XMS, and/or other ad-serving and sales management systems a plus

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

To apply please send your résumé and cover letter to Please include "Ad Operations Specialist" in your subject line.

Content Strategist, Slate Studios

Slate Studios is looking for a content strategist with a passion for storytelling, a love of writing, and an informed interest in the relationship between brands, publishers, and audiences. The content strategist will work collaboratively with sales, production, marketing, and editorial teams to develop and execute smart, stimulating content ideas that engage our discerning audience and offer unique value to our brand partners. This role is based out of Slate's Brooklyn office.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the ideation and presentation of diverse content programs that speak to a range of business opportunities
  • Organize creative brainstorms, write compelling pitch copy, and collaborate across multiple teams to generate RFP responses and other marketing materials
  • Leverage Slate's entire suite of offerings to make high-level, tactical recommendations for clients
  • Shepherd creative ideas through sales and production phases to ensure final executions are compelling for Slate's audience and valuable for brand partners
  • Communicate effectively with clients throughout the creative process, from pre-sale pitches and concept revisions to production calls and campaign analysis
  • Conduct research to inform proposals and develop innovative content strategies
  • Assist in the creation of brand marketing materials across Slate’s digital, podcast, and event platforms
  • Stay up-to-date on the constantly evolving digital media and branded content landscapes


  • B.A., B.S., or relevant work experience
  • 3-plus years of experience in a creative environment (digital publishing or content production is a plus)
  • Impressive writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to think outside the box and come up with smart, creative ideas
  • Desire to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Experience communicating and building rapport with client teams
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Rigorous attention to detail
  • Thick skin and great sense of humor

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Please include "Content Strategist" in the subject line of your email.

Senior Software Engineer

Slate is hiring a senior software engineer to help us build the next iteration of The ideal candidate will have experience with full stack web development as well as experience in content publishing and scaling.

As a senior software engineer you'll be responsible for leading other software engineers on the team in choosing and implementing technologies that power and other microsites and -services. This position is one for an individual contributor and does not require managing other developers.

Tech You'll Encounter at Slate

As an engineer at Slate, you'll encounter loads of interesting technologies including Node, ElasticSearch, Express, Vue.js, Python, Django, Redis, RequireJS, Postgres, Gulp, Rabbit, Docker, Grunt, and more.

Desired Qualities of a Senior Software Engineer


For this position to be a good fit, you MUST:

  • have several years of experience building websites (apps are good, but websites are important). You should also know the difference!
  • consider yourself an expert in JavaScript. You're able to explain and talk through the changes coming along in ECMAScript but don't mind writing jQuery when you need to fix something.
  • have experience with scaling web content—you know when to use the CDN vs. a cache, where that cache should live, key-value stores, and load balancers
  • have strong git skills—you know when and where to rebase and understand the value of branching
  • have experience with continuous integration (Jenkins, Travis CI, etc.)
  • have extensive experience with the command line
  • have an interest in Slate/the news/publishing content that lots of users see
  • have empathy (especially for users of websites and software)


For this position to be a good fit, you SHOULD:

  • have experience with agile development
  • have once tried to build your own CMS and understand how complicated of an idea that is
  • recognize the section headers in this job posting
  • have knowledge of the current web landscape. Why is React so popular? What's the difference between CommonJS and AMD and did ECMAScript 6 make it obsolete? Why can't all the things be handled by Babel?
  • be located in D.C. or NY (we cannot pay relocation for this position)


To apply for this position, you MAY:

  • send your résumé to with the subject line "Senior Software Engineer"
  • include a brief statement about yourself and why you think Slate would be a good fit for you
  • include links as you see fit (github? a thing you've built?)

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

To apply please send a résumé and cover letter to including "Senior Software Engineer" in your subject line.

Legal Writer and Editor
Interaction Designer, Slate

We are looking for an interaction designer who cares about craft and wants to make beautiful and functional work that solves meaningful problems. You'll be working hands on creating, testing, and iterating on designs, as well as assisting our development team in bringing those experiences to life. If you are a designer who also likes to dabble in code, or if you are a developer with some good design chops, we want to hear from you. We have a small and diverse team that loves to teach, learn, and collaborate.

You'll learn how to be a better designer and coder, to think critically and evaluate user experience, and to take and receive feedback.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate and communicate across our design, development, and product teams
  • Create and iterate on design comps, prototypes, and documentation
  • Contribute to front-end code for our site and platforms
  • QA and help debug coded designs
  • Conduct user research and testing on your work and existing UX
  • Directly report to our design director
  • Participate in sprint planning and retrospectives
  • Strive and advocate for excellent design and UX that serve Slate's audience


Candidates for this position should be located in either New York or D.C., and have two or more years of professional experience in design/UX.

Candidates should have some experience in—and be passionate about learning more:

  • Visual design practices like layout, typography, and color
  • User experience concepts
  • Design for accessibility and usability
  • Responsive web design concepts
  • Design applications like Sketch, Illustrator, or Photoshop
  • Front-end coding languages like HTML and CSS

Bonus if you have experience in:

  • Writing, journalism, and publishing
  • Information architecture
  • Conducting research and usability studies
  • Working with a CMS and templates
  • Working with and creating design systems
  • JavaScript, Node

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, résumé, and portfolio or work samples to Please include "Interaction Designer" in your subject line.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Integrated Sales Marketing Manager, Slate Studios

Slate Studios is looking for a versatile, data-informed, and highly organized integrated sales marketing manager to lead the articulation, development, and presentation of our publishing narrative and execute branded and editorial programs in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. This marketer will be an integral part of the Slate Studios team to deliver high-quality collateral, data, and support for sales marketing and the overall business. This creative-yet-disciplined individual will be responsible for partnering with teams across sales, Slate editorial, and Slate Studios to create expertly crafted narratives, supported by visually stunning presentations and proposals along with engaging scripts that showcase our differentiating value propositions and programs, exceptional journalism, and our fiercely curious audience.

Key Responsibilities:

The integrated sales marketing manager will help advance the goals of the integrated marketing and branded content studios, Slate Studios, by leading and being responsible for the following bodies of work:

  1. Market Intelligence and Value Propositions
    The integrated sales marketing manager will gather data and analyze Slate's market in areas such as market opportunity and market penetration strategy in order to develop a POV that resonates in the marketplace. The integrated sales marketing manager will package and develop data-driven central marketing messages using a wide variety of sources and digital research platforms to craft talking points and create high-impact materials in a fast-paced environment. The integrated sales marketing manager will partner with ad product and client services to position and promote major new ad offerings in programs pitched.

  2. Market-Facing Presentations
    The integrated sales marketing manager will create informed narratives and digital strategies from a position of deep understanding of digital publishing, with a relentless and detail-driven focus on performance, facts, and data. They will execute these narratives in sales presentations and proposals with independence and autonomy, managing their high volume of work. The integrated sales marketing manager will apply creative and innovative thinking to a disciplined process of constructing the market narrative targeted and positioned in alignment with advertisers marketing. The integrated sales marketing manager will communicate effectively with internal teams and will be able to efficiently support and execute on the market-facing materials; this includes the creation of cursory design elements and presentations for more high-impact visuals.


  • A B.A./B.S. in business administration, marketing, advertising, communications, or a related field
  • 3–5 years of experience in cross-platform marketing within a digital media company or digital publisher and a commitment to continue understanding the ever-evolving media landscape, particularly in social and branded content
  • Experience with Google Analytics and Omniture (and/or other web analytics platforms) and syndicated audience research (e.g., ComScore, Nielsen, Quantcast,, etc.) coupled with a commitment to data-driven storytelling
  • Keynote, Microsoft Excel & Google Drive File Management
  • Strong problem-solving, analytical, critical/strategic thinking skills
  • Extreme attention to detail and organizational/project management skills
  • Excellent writing abilities (particularly copywriting and speechwriting)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, self-sufficient, go-getter attitude with the ability to jump into projects and begin managing quickly
  • Experience in prioritizing competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Sales planning, research, or analytics background
  • Experience and/or demonstrated expertise with social media platforms and the nuances of their respective user trends
  • Appreciation for the value of strong/effective visual communication coupled with a commitment to innovation and rethinking how content is presented to maximize effectiveness in market
  • Desire to tackle the day to day while embracing a startup atmosphere, willing to adapt quickly while wearing multiple hats
  • Thick skin and a top-notch sense of humor

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter to

Section Editor, Business and Technology

Slate is hiring an editor to oversee our business and technology coverage. We are looking for a newsroom leader: a senior, strategic editorial mind with high energy, great ambition, and appropriate skepticism to 1) help shape a growing technology vertical whose brief is to help our readers understand the remarkable social, political, and economic power of the tech industry, and 2) help expand our business coverage and define what it should be. This editor must be collaborative, full of ideas, and hungry to analyze and break news on the people, power struggles, and culture of Silicon Valley; the latest breakthroughs and bad ideas in consumer tech; and the weird stuff people are doing in the corners of the internet that most of us don't know about but probably should. This editor must also be excited about building on our great coverage of economic policy, infrastructure, and cities to create a cohesive and distinctive business section. Though the ideal candidate will have a vision for both our technology and business coverage, we will consider candidates who are stronger in one of those two subject areas. This position is based in New York, although exceptional D.C.– or Bay Area–based candidates will be considered.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Bringing vision and strategic thinking to Slate's business and technology coverage
  • Recruiting talented writers to join our terrific team and help execute this vision
  • Managing and motivating writers, and pointing them toward the beats they, and Slate, are best positioned to own
  • Managing and motivating editors in an environment that prides itself on not being territorial or hierarchical
  • Providing guidance and expertise on reporting projects
  • Working with the editor of Future Tense—Slate's partnership with Arizona State University and New America that covers emerging technologies and policy—to create a cohesive technology vertical
  • Conceptualizing and executing bigger editorial projects, like cover stories, packages, pop-up blogs, and podcasts
  • Helping to guide Slate's new weekly technology podcast, If/Then
  • Collaborating with writers and editors across the magazine on larger sitewide initiatives, and guiding coverage in other verticals when the big news of the day has a tech or business focus


  • A sharp, funny, decisive mind and pen
  • At least seven years' experience working as an editor or writer, preferably with experience running a team
  • A deep well of story ideas and knowledge of the technology and business beats
  • Reporting chops
  • Top-notch organizational and communication skills
  • Smarts, kindness, humor, and generosity, all of which will help you work well with smart, kind, funny, generous colleagues

To apply, please send a résumé and short cover letter to with the subject line Section Editor, Business and Technology.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Audience Engagement Editor, Slate

Slate is hiring an editor to join its audience development team. Ideal candidates have a journalist's instincts and sensibilities. They can generate story ideas that will interest our audience and chip in and write a post occasionally, too. They are SEO experts able to develop best practices for our newsroom and know what inspires readers to click and share stories on social media, but their interest in audience strategy goes beyond driving traffic.

Slate values surprising ideas and smart analysis in our journalism, and we want the same on our audience team. Editors should want to experiment with new platforms and test their assumptions. They should also be the first to spot digital media trends and discern how promotion of our work needs to evolve. That means ideal candidates will write strong headlines, manage our social feeds with precision, and work collaboratively with the rest of the newsroom throughout the editorial process.

Key Responsibilities:

The audience engagement editor will report to the director of strategy and audience development and work with Slate's audience team to:

  • Be involved in the editorial process from start to finish: attend idea-generation meetings, plan campaigns to support major editorial packages, and execute those ideas to reach our audience
  • Develop best practices for writing search-friendly headlines
  • Manage the strategy and scheduling of existing social media accounts and help define the voice of Slate's feeds
  • Work with editors to write sharp and social-friendly headlines for the work we publish
  • Use data to make decisions on how and where to promote our work
  • Develop Slate's presence on Instagram, Snapchat, and emerging platforms
  • Identify trends in the social media world and determine how Slate's plans should adjust to them


You have:

  • At least 2–4 years working for an online news organization
  • At least 2–4 years of social media experience
  • An understanding of the role and importance of Slate's journalism in the media landscape
  • An interest in working closely with the rest of the newsroom, whether it's framing a cover story for Facebook or pitching ideas at our weekly editors meeting
  • Experience balancing short-term and long-term responsibilities and working quickly when necessary, including in breaking news situations
  • The ability to work across social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
  • The ability to write clean, clear copy and the proper touch in deploying wit and finesse as needed
  • A desire to work collaboratively on projects and teach others what you know

To apply, please submit your résumé, a cover letter, and a short (300 words or fewer) memo explaining what social media platform should be Slate's top priority in 2018 and why. Email documents to

Slate  is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Commerce Lead, Slate

Slate is hiring a commerce lead to sit on the business team and build a commerce brand and function from the ground up. This pioneer will start testing content and driving commerce revenue growth. After proving initial success, the commerce lead will steadily build a team to grow the revenue stream.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop an affiliate-based commerce brand that appeals to the Slate audience
  • Manage relationship with readers, editorial, executive leadership, and affiliate partners
  • Define core performance metrics, and work with Slate's research team to create actionable dashboards and reports for understanding commerce content performance
  • Strategize with the Slate dev/tech team: think about product development and CMS tools and treatments that will promote the commerce initiatives
  • Ensure that content is consistent with Slate's voice and deepens the relationship with the Slate audience while maintaining separation of editorial and commerce content
  • Run production of the Slate gift guides from soup to nuts
  • Oversee the sharing and socializing of commerce content
  • Curate deals, consumer products and discounts for Slate's audience
  • Pitch video and podcast initiatives and identify other opportunities to leverage Slate's platforms and assets to meet commerce goals
  • Refine a consumer-centric view in your strategic thinking
  • Possess a deep understanding of current laws, requirements, and ethics around transparency and disclosure

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:

  • At least 3 years' experience and success in a digital commerce role
  • You consume and value Slate's written and/or podcast content
  • Naturally inclined to think in a way that is experimental, adaptive, and innovative
  • Skilled in writing and editing
  • Passionate about discovering and sharing consumer products
  • A desire to build and lead a team

To apply, submit a résumé, a cover letter, and three writing samples to

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Editorial Internships
Illustration Intern

Slate's art department is seeking a paid summer illustration intern, based in our office in downtown Brooklyn. You'll be collaborating directly with the design and editorial team to create illustrations accompanying our published work sitewide. Our ideal applicant is someone who has a strong interest in journalism and storytelling, is embarking upon a career as an illustrator, and is hoping to create a portfolio of strong and expressive work for the future.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Compiling visual research for feature illustration work
  • Assisting in photo research for photo illustration work
  • Working hands on with editors and writers across all departments of coverage
  • Sketching, revision, and critical review with design team
  • Producing final published artwork on a fast-paced schedule


Candidates should also be open to and enthusiastic about collaboration and critical discussion of their work, as well as bringing new ideas to the table. The majority of our design team works remotely and daily production can be fast-paced at times; strong written communication skills are a must.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you're right for the job, a résumé, and 3–5 examples of past illustration work from your portfolio to

Science Intern

Slate's science section is seeking an intern to work three days a week out of the Brooklyn office. We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, and an original thinker; is familiar with our science section; and has plenty of story ideas (and opinions). The ideal applicant would be a top-notch reporter with a strong nose for bullshit and a proven track record asking smart questions and finding reliable answers. The intern will help assist with reprints and light research, but the bulk of the time will be devoted to pitching, reporting, and writing. A background in science is a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you're right for the job, a résumé, and either a clip that shows work that would fit in at Slate or a story idea for the science section. Please send these as one PDF to

The fall internship will run roughly from September to December and will accept applications through June 20. The spring internship will run from January to May and will accept applications through Nov. 1. Pay is $12 an hour. The weekly schedule is flexible depending on the needs of the applicant. There is currently no summer internship on the science desk.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Video Intern

Slate brings on a video intern for winter, summer, and fall terms to support our video department. We are seeking experienced editors with visual wit and a deep knowledge of politics and culture. This position is full-time and based in our Brooklyn office. Pay is $13 an hour.

We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2018. To apply for fall 2018, roughly September through December, send a résumé, an idea for a timely video Slate should produce, and a brief cover letter to by July 22. Include a link or two to your best work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Handle video requests, including deadline edits based on breaking news
  • Research, asset collection, transcription, and other production support tasks
  • Video management on YouTube and other platforms
  • Assist on shoots in our studio and in the field
  • Occasional shooting, writing, and editing opportunities


  • Planning to pursue a career in digital video production, with relevant past experience
  • Proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro (After Effects a plus)
  • Experience shooting on DSLR cameras
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm for all tasks, whether creative or clerical, and an unfailing positive attitude
  • Strong understanding of Slate's voice and what makes our work unique

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

D.C. Editorial Intern

Candidates for the D.C. editorial internship must be available to work in Slate's Washington office 30 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in journalism, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. There will be opportunity for writing blog posts and articles. This internship is paid D.C. minimum wage (currently $12.50/hour).

To apply, include a brief cover letter, a résumé, a 200-word response to any Slate story from the past month (this should be a critique of the author's arguments, not comments on grammar or sentence structure), and three clips or writing samples. At least some of the clips should focus on politics, policy, the law, science, or other Washington-related topics. 

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

The summer internship has been filled. To apply for the fall (September through December) D.C. editorial internship, send the materials mentioned above as a single PDF to with the subject line "Fall 2018 internship" by June 1. Only finalists will be contacted.

New York Editorial Intern

Candidates for the culture internship must be available to work in Slate's New York office up to 40 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in the arts, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. Strong writing and editing skills are required. To apply, include a résumé, a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests, as well as an original 400-word Brow Beat post about a cultural topic that interests you.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the summer New York editorial internship, please send applications to by April 27.